EARLY AMY JOHNQUEST EDITION
Starring in The
Really Big Show- TODAY!
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I just spent
3 days grouting The Coolerator which I was supposed to deliver today but which I
cannot deliver till Monday because it had hissy fits all week and delayed its
own finishing. It is 4 AM (ish) and I just put the first of 2 final coats of
sealant on it and have to wait an hour before I can put the final coat on and go
to bed. And yet there is still the base to be mounted and the neon to be
installed and all that loveliness yet to arise.
sponging the final groutings and waiting to get to this point, I worked on the
newsletter. I wanted to get it out early because Monday I am delivering it to
Springfield College after test appointments (I am having my brain switched with
that of a monkey) and because I wanted to remind you all that our
Amy Johnquest is hosting the Really Big Show today (Sunday) at 2 pm at The
Academy of Music.
So, everyone should get there early to get a seat
and please wear only underwear so she won't be nervous. I hear there are many
surprises in store. I am sure there is 1 ticket available for every 100 people
who want to go so you best rush right down and get yours on the early side. And
I also hear she will be at Packard's after the show if you want to bring cameras
and notepads to get pics and autographs.
See The Coolerator. See how it mocks me; door akimbo, baseless, neonless, so
insouciant , yet so incomplete.
Oh, and if
your post doesn't have an image yet you sent one: If you embed or attach an
image with a file name other than your exact event name, I have to go searching
through the embed and attach folders in my program folder to find it as it is
not automatically attached to the email. If it is has the artist name I have to
read all the emails in my newsletter folder and match them up It gets confusing.
I apologize if I lost stuff. Any minute now I am going to have an automatic form
submission applet which will attach images to emails. But for now please name
your image like, "yourgalleryname_march3" so I can match them up. I try. But I
don't have student interns so I do the best I can and it gets confusing and I
need sleep. Thanks. This is free.
Vuillard had an imaginary friend he called, "Mr. Nobody-at-all".
and Dorothy Osterman at Gallery A3 March 1 to March 31 Opening
reception is on March 1 from 5-8 in conjunction with the Amherst Art Walk
Fields,” Tom Morton and Dorothy Osterman
Tom Morton and Dorothy
Osterman exhibit hangings, wall pieces and video in “Color Fields,” a two-person
show at Gallery A3.
Tom Morton is showing collages of papers and
objects on board as well as translucent and transparent mixed-media collages
done with wax on plexiglass. His video work, showing color studies and dance
sequences by Dorothy Osterman and Alicia Morton, will play continuously during
Dorothy Osterman says, "For the past forty years
I have been living and painting in Conway. Here I am surrounded by nature. The
land, sky and water, together with my early impressions, unconsciously find
their way into my paintings. My work is abstract. I love color, movement, space
and find joy in pushing paint."
The exhibition runs from March 1 to
Opening reception is on March 1 from 5-8 in conjunction with the
Amherst Art Walk An informal talk, “Conversation with Artists,” is March 22 at
Gallery A3, 28 Amity Street, Amherst | Hours W-Su, 12-6 pm. |
“Looking Out,” gouache on paper by Dorothy Osterman.
BOTTLE CAPS, BEES Featuring
the work of Cynthia Consentino, Sally Curcio and
BOTTLE CAPS, BEES
Featuring the work of Cynthia Consentino, Sally Curcio
and Holly S. Murray
Gallery 137 | 137 Main St, Indian Orchard, MA
01151 | Phone: 413-543-6994
Reception: Saturday March 3 from 3-5pm On
Display: Feb 17 - March 10 Gallery Hours: Thur and Saturday 11-3
THE WINTER BLUES WITH BENEFITS Proceeds to
Benefit The Cancer Connection & Franklin County Hospice
Away the Winter Blues with Socks, Bare Feet, (but not your Shoes) — Wild
Socks, Painted Toes, Decorated Feet, Whether Big or Petite, Welcome
Join us for a night of libations,munchies, and dancing
Proceeds to Benefit The Cancer Connection &
Franklin County Hospice
When? Sat. March 3,2007
8PM til Midnight
Where? Smart Moves Studio in the Arts & industry
Building in Florence
Directions from center of Northampton: Follow Route 9 past the
High School and the Hospital to the center of Florence.
Left turn onto Maple
Street ( 2nd traffic light, Mobil Station on the left and Post Office on the
Right turn on Pine Street (one long block after you turn on Maple;
there is no Stop sign, the street sign is diagonally to your left).
on Pine Street through the Stop sign.
Florence Mini-mall is on your left
(Brooks Drug, Dairy Mart, etc.)
Arts and Industry building is on your right.
(large factory building)
NAVIGATING THE BUILDING - ENTER through
the Main East Entrance, go up the stairs to the second floor and turn left.
Parking is available in front of the building and in the Elks Lodge
Continue past the A&I building to Stop sign. Turn right on
Spring Street, right into the Elks parking lot and stay right. Park near bridge,
and a short walk across the bridge to the party.
Smart Moves Pilates
Studio | Arts & Industry Building | 221 Pine Street # 245 | Florence, MA
413-586-4442 | www.smartmovespilates.com
ue Heffernan & JB Howard- 586-4442
A.P.E. GALLERY AT THORNES MARCH 7, 7:30 PM The
Mabinogi: Legend and Landscape of Wales
Mabinogi: Legend and Landscape of Wales
The Welsh scholar and
translator, John K. Bollard will be reading from his new translation of The
Mabinogi: Legend and Landscape of Wales at 7:30pm, Wednesday, March 7, in the
A.P.E. Gallery, Thornes Marketplace, Third Floor, 150 Main St., Northampton,
Drawing on ancient Celtic mythologies, these four interlaced
tales, composed in Wales in the 11th century, are stories of heroism and
heartbreak, of love and disloyalty, that for all their magic and mystery remain
rooted in the emotional realities and moral complexities of everyday life. This
new translation is beautifully illustrated with stunning photographs of many of
the places named in the tales.
John Bollard is an editor, translator, and
lexicographer living in Florence, Massachusetts.
For further information,
call John Bollard, 413-584-2752, or A.P.E., Ltd., 413-586-5553, or see http://themabinogi.googlepages.com
MUSICAL NIGHT featuring The Wizard of Oz at the
Northampton Community Music Center! Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm
gentlemen, children of all ages:
Dig out your ruby slippers, climb on
your Horse of a Different Color, and come on over to our PAJAMA MOVIE MUSICAL
NIGHT featuring The Wizard of Oz at the Northampton Community Music Center!
(Oh, and make sure you bring your little dog, too.)
Join us at the
Music Center on Wednesday, March 7 at 6 pm for a fun sing-a-long of a great
classic. Bring your pillows, blankets, and singing voices to watch the movie
in your PJs in our Recital Hall. We’ll provide the popcorn and the song sheets.
Admission is by freewill donation.
To sign up, call us at (413) 585-0001,
email email@example.com, or simply write your name on the sign-up sheet in the main
lobby. If you like, sign up to bring a snack to share as well. (Suggestions:
Lemondrops, munchkins, or poppyseed anything!) Hope to see you soon-- somewhere
over the rainbow! ~Sarah ps. Save the Date: Our next PJ Movie Musical Night will
be on May 2, when we’ll feature MARY
College-Ruled Series at the
Northampton Center for the Arts, reception March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m, and will
coincide with Northampton's monthly Arts Night Out.
I am giving
Anila this space to highlight her work which will be shown during Arts Night Out
in Northampton because this is a special treat. I really like Anila and I really
like her work and I am happy to give her this space for her first area solo
Zaidi: College-Ruled Series Tuesday, March 06, 2007 – Saturday, March 31,
Zaidi, who describes herself as a largely self-taught artist,
has moved around a lot "across the U.S. and overseas." Her college degree is in
computer science and film. For the past decade, she has lived in various towns
in Massachusetts, including Amherst, South Hadley and, now, Ludlow. She
credits Elise Howell, her art professor at Springfield Technical Community
College, with being her "great
My paintings begin as a rough connective doodle enduring
revision upon revision, morphing into a conscious, exacting drawing, reminiscent
of the doodle. The final sketch is my painting and the painting is merely a
scaled version of the final sketch.
My work is not exclusive to one
movement. There clearly are contradictions in my paintings. Although I have been
formally trained in art, my work is more aligned with primitivism, having
stripped perspective and dimension. Yet, it is an informed, educated
primitivism. I also work within the surrealist tenet—telling stories from my
unconsciousness as my visual vocabulary unfolds.
Curiosity seeds the
idea, which germinates invention, which flourishes society; I never intended to
embark on this mission to “curiosize” the masses. Still, the process began when
I first shared my “doodles” with friends. They stared, trying to decipher them,
asking for the meaning. I realized I was witnessing the rebirth of their
curiosity. My unconscious doodles elicited this. Empowered? Indeed.
admit that many of these doodle-paintings began as sketches, created out of
boredom during college classes. Creating a painting from my first doodle was one
long self-awareness exercise. Normally doodles are random—mine are the contrary.
I learned that my unconscious is comprised of many binary trees with analogies
at every node. This is why the images of my paintings appear connected; they are
symbols of an intense equation, much like the 80’s game show “Concentration,” I
was entranced with as a child. If the viewer happens to solve my visual
equation, I will not feel robbed. Quite the contrary: I have been trying to say
all these things at the top of my voice although I may as well have been a mute.
I admire Rosenquist’s work for such connective imagery. His paintings embody
many of the same ideals I aspire to incorporate; “less is more,” the bullet
theory of advertising and popular logos.
In my paintings, I retained the
notebook paper background because of its association with the unconscious
doodle. To strengthen this I only use common ink colors: blue, black and red,
but how I use them is very decisive. Restricting myself to this palette as well
as using space as another color is a reference and homage to the traditional
Japanese style where simplicity is the focal point of a creation. In the western
art school, Kara Walker has used this tenet while further exploring the power of
negative space. Using silhouettes, many as large as her room-sized installation,
Walker pummels this history of African-Americans to her captive audience. Out of
esteem I plan to experiment with larger scales.
reception for this exhibition will be Friday, March 9, from 5 to 7 p.m, and will
coincide with Northampton's monthly Arts Night Out.
OUT NORTHAMPTON, FRIDAY MARCH 9 5-8 PM So many
things to see.
On March 9 Visit 17 galleries, shops between 5 and 8 p.m.
Participating arts venues are:
Alfredo’s; APE Third Floor
Arts; Artisan Gallery; Basha Oriental Rugs; Claytopia; Don Muller Gallery; Guild
Art Supply; R. Michelson Galleries; Northampton Center for the Arts; Old Court
House Gallery; Oxbow Gallery; Pinch; Scandihoovians. com; Silverscape Designs;
Smith College Museum of Art; The Naked Art Gallery; and William Baczek Fine
~~R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street has "Near &
Far, A Retrospective, Robert Masla - 30 Years of Painting" in place for the Arts
Night Out artist reception. Masla is an Ashfield artist who is known for his
powerful, bold work. At Michelson’s you can also see “The Art of Dr. Seuss,” a
joint venture with Springfield’s Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. In the
1950’s, author John Hersey suggested that children’s primers were boring and
didn’t encourage children to learn to read. Hersey challenged Theodore Geisel,
known as Dr. Seuss, to write a story that "first graders wouldn’t be able to put
down.” “The Cat in the Hat,” which has a vocabulary of 236 words, was published
in 1957. The Seuss exhibition, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the
publication of the book, features the original Cat in the Hat sketches and a
large selection of additional Dr. Seuss limited edition artwork from the
~~A.P.E. Gallery, 150 Main Street, third floor,
will be showing “Specimens of Hope,” an exhibition of wooden, calligraphic,
sculptural forms by Mary Ann Kelly in Gallery 1. “Each piece is a journey—a
transformation of local, natural and discarded materials refined into their true
essence,” she says. More than 20 conceptual works comprised of watercolors,
photography and etchings from the Fractal Ellipse Series by Nicholas Hondrogen
are in Gallery 2.
~~Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant Street, has works
by two artists. Phil Lawrence, who says his “background as a builder—of houses,
of theater sets or interior and exterior spaces—has influenced and is, in
reality, inseparable from (my) work as a painter.” In addition, Williamsburg
painter and printmaker, Sarah Belchetz-Swenson is presenting a selection of her
paintings, drawings and prints. A graduate of Oberlin College, Belchetz-Swenson
is a figurative painter and well-known portraitist whose subjects in the area
have included Jill Ker Conway, Elizabeth Topham Kennan and, most recently,
former Governor Jane Swift.
~~Northampton Center for the Arts, 17 New
South Street, third floor, is showing the works of Anila Zaidi, who says she
begins her work with “a rough connective doodle that endures revision upon
revision, morphing into a conscious, exacting drawing, reminiscent of the
doodle."(The reception here is from 5 to 7 p.m.)
~~ Old Courthouse
Gallery, 99 Main Street, has themed abstract works on canvas and paper by
Patricia L. Jenks. This Holyoke artist uses a variety of mediums, including
poured acrylic on canvas, paper, and collage of multiple thicknesses, to create
~~Smith College Museum of Art, which is always
open free on 4 to 8 p.m. on Arts Night Out, will have an art project designed
for ages four and up and inspired by its current exhibition, Earthworks on
Paper. In Hillyer Hall, across the courtyard from the museum, there will be a
juried exhibition of student artworks that offers perspectives on the theme of
environmental sustainability. Featured museum shows at present are “Beyond
Green: toward a sustainable art” and “Earthworks on Paper.” Across Elm Street in
the hall gallery of the Smith College Alumnae House prints and paintings by
Olwen O’Herlihy Dowling are on display. There will be an artist’s reception from
5 to 8 p.m.
Arts Night Out takes place, rain or shine, on the second
Friday of each month year-round. Admission is free, and free parking is
available at the Smith College parking garage on West Street (Route 66). A
map with description of participating galleries, studios and shops, are
available at Arts Night Out locations and the Chamber of Commerce, 99 Pleasant
Street. There will be entertainment and refreshments at many venues. Take a walk
and see the (arts) sights in Northampton.
TWO SHOWS AT
A.P.E. GALLERY, THORNES MARKETPLACE Opening
Reception: Friday, March 9th 5 - 7pm, during Northampton’s “Arts Night
New Work by Mary Ann Kelly
“Specimens of Hope” is
an exhibition of wooden, calligraphic, sculptural forms on view in Gallery 1 of
the A.P.E. Gallery, Third Floor, Thornes Marketplace from March 9 to April 1,
2007. Opening Reception: Friday, March 9th 5 - 7pm, during Northampton’s
“Arts Night Out.”
The idea for “Specimens of Hope” began after 9/11. The
wall mounted composition of “hieroglyphic” three dimensional forms is a
reference point conveying sources of inner strength. The sculpture pictured is
called “Oneness.” Also included in the meditative gallery space are gestural
In her wooden sculptural drawings Mary Ann Kelly uses
contemporary, free flowing “brushstrokes” that have an archetypal presence. The
tree-choking bittersweet vine provides a lyrical substance that is whittled down
to its bone-like core. Each piece goes through a labor-intensive process to make
it look naturally formed. First, the individual pieces of wood are scavenged and
carefully edited, then stripped of bark and whittled down to their core, sanded,
cut, redirected and reattached using mortise and tenon or dowels, sanded some
more, and painted with a blending of colors.
"Each piece is a journey -
a transformation of local, natural and discarded materials refined into its true
essence. The ladder, for example, is a transitional and transcendental symbol -
always exploring, reaching, and connecting, yet making time to stand still, rest
and just be."
NICHOLAS HONDROGEN: FRACTAL ELLIPSE SERIES
9th - April 1st 2007
Opening night reception, March 9th 2007
A.P.E., ltd. is pleased to present an exhibition of the Fractal
Ellipse Series 2001-2007, works by artist Nicholas Hondrogen. This survey of
over twenty conceptual works is his first Northampton show and is comprised of
watercolors, photography and etchings. The exhibition will be accompanied by a
50-page fully illustrated color catalogue, featuring essays by Alison Pearlman
and Jennie Klein from his most recent show in Santa Monica,
Nature creates its own fluid system of order through change.
Art, the sciences, religion, philosophy, as well as numerous other disciplines,
attempt to codify it, make it orderly, understandable, in spite of the fact that
a large portion of the equation is missing or unknown. The entire body of
Hondrogen’s work created over the past forty years - painting, sculpture,
photography and film - reflects a method of working that embraces both sides of
Nicholas Hondrogen’s work can be found in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Modern Art of San Francisco, the Musee d'Art
Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musee Nationale d'Art Moderne Centre Georges
Pompidou, the Monumental Sculpture Commission of Sainte Genvieve des Bois, the
Septentrion, the Dartmouth College Museum, Saks Fifth Avenue Contemporary Art
Collection, Barclay’s Bank of London and several private collections both is the
US and Europe. Hondrogen lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts. His work can
also be seen online at www.nicholashondrogen.com.
THE YOUNG AT
HEART CHORUS - 3 BENEFIT SCREENINGS at the
Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton
Young @ Heart (Y@H) Chorus is pleased to announce three benefit screenings
of the film "Young @ Heart", a musical documentary made for British
television by Walker George Films Ltd.
The film, directed by Stephen
Walker, will be screened at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton,
Massachusetts on Saturday, March 10, 2007 at 7PM and Sunday, March 11 at 2PM
The filmmakers Stephen Walker and Sally George will speak
at all three screenings.
100% of the donations will be split equally
between the Academy of Music Theatre and the new Northampton Senior Center.These
screenings at the Academy are made possible by the generous support of
foundations and individuals in the community.
Donor Tickets for these
benefit screenings of the film are a suggested $10 and can be purchased in
advance at the State Street Fruit Store in Northampton, Cooper's Corner in
Florence, The Northampton Council on Aging and the South Hadley and Amherst
Senior Centers. For more information call 413-587-1300
For more info: Three
Benefit Screenings of Young @ Heart a musical
ARTS WALK MARCH 10, 5-8 PM
Easthampton on March 10, 5-8 PM
This month's Art Walk Easthampton is
sure to put a spring in your step. Look for the large, yellow banners outside
each participating location or get your own printable map at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org.
On Saturday, March 10 from 5-8 PM come explore:
-- The Blue Guitar
Gallery celebrates its grand opening with an exhibition of Karen Randall's
oil paintings, Christina Svane's performance art, Bill O'Haire's guitar music
and the collective imagination of the audience for a fully immersed experience.
Because the Gallery is a little further out, it's open until 10 PM with
performances beginning at 7 PM. Look for the Blue Guitar, across from the Post
Office, at 186-D Northampton Street.
-- Elusie Gallery nears the
end of its "Land Visions" group show that helps the Pascommuck Conservation
Trust's campaign to Save Echodale Farm. See the works of 40 painting and
photographic artists before the show ends. Elusie Gallery is in Old Town Hall,
at the traffic rotary, 43 Main Street.
-- Pioneer Arts Center of
Easthampton hosts singer-songwriter Steve Biegner and photography by
Jennifer Holmes. Steve is an Easthampton native who recently released his debut
CD, "As the Orchestra Swells (the lights go out)." Enjoy his music from 5-6:30
PM. PACE is located at 41 Union Street.
-- Manhan Café hosts
Easthampton artist Maggie Nowinski and her large scale peel paintings, which
aesthetically and metaphorically reflect large scale billboards found in
“natural” urban settings. Manhan Café is at 72 Union Street.
Tom's Homemade Ice Cream hosts the colorful, playful works of Jeff Mack,
children’s book illustrator and muralist. Jeff returns to the Art Walk his new
book, “Hurry! Hurry!”, hot off the presses this month! Come feel like a kid
again, surrounded by his bright acrylic paintings and the old-style candy and
ice cream of Mt. Tom's, at 34 Cottage Street.
Gallery introduces two shows. Northampton artist Yohah Ralph exhibits her
large orginal signed paintings and smaller prints. And, Riverside Industry
clients hold a group show of works that will surprise and inspire you.
Nashawannuck Gallery is at 40 Cottage Street.
-- Quilts &
Needlework That Go is a treasure trove of information and materials for
fiber artists and crafters. Kathie Nowill and Helen Burgielewicz will
individually help those who want advice on their projects. Quilts &
Needlework is at 56 Cottage Street.
-- Valley Art Supplies
showcases the photography of Easthampton native Scott “spark” LaRochelle. See
how a recyclable 110 camera kicked off a lifelong interest in art that happens
in the moment. Valley Art Supplies is at 76 Cottage Street.
Hill & Valley hosts the nature and architectural photography of Gina
Lucido. ReMax is at 65 Cottage Street.
-- Crooked House Designs
hosts Jane Morrison as she creates caricature drawings live in the store. Get a
piece created for yourself on the spot and look through her traditional
portraiture work as well. Crooked House Designs is at 86 Cottage Street.
-- Awen Tree holds the first on-site installation art exhibit of
the Art Walk series. This group show, "Sacred Expressions," explores how inner
reflections become outward journeys through a series of Altars set up around the
space. Light refreshments will be served. Awen Tree is at 102 Cottage
-- Off The Map Tattoo hosts Chicago twins Dan and Tim
Plumley. These painters and tattooers work live during the Art walk. Watch the
work being created at Off The Map Tattoo, 112 Cottage Street.
information about this month's artists and your own printable map, visit www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org
Support Center is Hosting an Artist Exhibit and Reception
March 9th at
Eastworks in Studio 252 at 116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton from 5:30-7pm.
Bereavement Support Center is Hosting an Artist Exhibit and
The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens will
host an artist exhibit and reception on March 9th at Eastworks in Studio 252 at
116 Pleasant St. in Easthampton from 5:30-7pm.
The exhibit will feature
original artwork by participants currently in The Garden program, created with
the guidance of three local artists. Marjorie Latham, Dennis Caraher and Beth
Fischer volunteered their time and materials during two Garden sessions to
teach the children their craft. All are welcome to attend this event and
discover some of what happens at The Garden.
For nine years The Garden
has been providing support groups and grief education to children, teens and
their families whose lives have been disrupted by death. Working with the
mediums of collage, fabric art and song, the children created unique pieces of
art which will be displayed and performed at the artist exhibit and reception.
One participant writes this about her art, “I made a saddle because my
mom liked to ride horses and I made it brown because brown was her favorite
All are welcome to attend this event and discover some of what
happens at The Garden. The reception is free. Refreshments provided by Big E
Supermarket. For more information about this exhibit and reception, or The
Garden, please call Shelly Bathe Lenn, Director at 413 584 7086 ext
A LOT OF
LOVE TO THE FOLLOWING FOR MAKING THIS NEWSLETTER POSSIBLE:
following people have made generous donations toward the costs of this
thanks to the following for donations to this newsletter and in the name of my
late co-host, Jamoka (1998-2006). He loves us now from another place.
from the Jamoka memorial Bonfire thing, by Jon
If I somehow missed anyone please let me know. I get
COUTURE AND BILL HOSIE
MAUREEN DENNING AND
KATHY SERVICE &
AACO (AMERICAN ARTS COLLECTIVE ORGANIZATION), In memory
of our artists friends who were victims of AIDS and in honor of Aids Awareness
Day, December 1st
HILARY PRICE & KERRY
MAUREEN DENNING AND CHARLES
(Donation made to Humane Society in Jamoka's name)
at Zea Mays Printmaking presents Images of Growth – Prints from the
Archive March 1 -29,
Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking presents Images of Growth – Prints from the
The Gallery at Zea Mays Printmaking is pleased to host a new
print exhibition "Images of Growth – Prints from the Archive”. Exhibit dates
are March 1 -29, 2007.
The gallery is located at 221 Pine Street, on
the third floor of the Arts and Industry Building in Florence, MA. The phone
number is 413.584.1783. Exhibit hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 12 - 5,
Wednesday, 12 - 8, the first and third Saturdays and Sundays of the month, 12 -
5, and by appointment.
From exhibition curator Joyce Silverstone,
“Liz Chalfin, director and founder of Zea Mays Printmaking, gave me the
delightful task of curating a show from the studio archives. The archives are
prints donated to the studio by artists working here or passing through in
classes offered in new methods of safer and less toxic printmaking. I came into
the studio on a cold winter day to open the print drawers and open my self to
see what would start shaping into a show. While the studio filled with streaming
light and a visiting intern came in to start work, and a new member was getting
familiar with the feel of the presses, the helpful, generative field of being at
Zea Mays struck me as the obvious theme for a show. The studio is growing and
thriving in large part through Liz’s hard work and clear vision of what she
wants: a place where artists and students can be creative and thrive.
chose images that speak to me about growth and expansion. Some of the pieces
became teachers for me: techniques that are intriguing or make me interested in
the process; expanding my understanding. Others speak about growth in a poetic
way responding to natural forms with a sensitive touch; expanding my awareness.
My hope is that the relationship between these prints and the vision
that we aspire to will generate more growth and depth in our community of
artists, in surprising and beautiful ways. Each artist working here contributes
to the growth and depth of our knowledge. This show doesn’t represent every
artist working here. These selected works are meant to celebrate and stand as
metaphors for how we are growing. “
For more information contact Liz
Chalfin or Joyce Silverstone at 413.584.1783
Cohen, drypoint, Carolyn Webb, collagraph
THIS WEEK ON
MO RADIO Wednesday,
February 28, 8-9 AM on 103.3 FM
So, I have
this radio show and I have been doing it for a bit and I don't really put it in
the newsletter much because I feel like I shouldn't promote my own things here
as it is a newsletter for you, but I think I need to start mentioning it because
you all are my guests. Each week I have some one of you on who has an event
coming up that week and we chat about it on the show. And it works pretty well.
It's not a solid hour about you but definitely a lot of chat about you and your
event and then I mention all the other arts events coming up that week. I don't
take solicitations for events to mention, I just use my newsletter events, so
please don't send me things to mention. You can call in and mention them but
it's only an hour.
This week I
have a special guest on who I thought it would be really interesting. I am
Butcher, Chief Meteorologist from Channel 3. Tune in at 8 am on Wednesday if
you want to know all about what a meteorologist is/does/has to say. I am very
curious about this meteorology thing myself so I can't wait to hear what
meteorological secrets he has to share.
If you want to ever be on my show
just email me. You must have a good sense of humor, understand that *most* of
the show will be about you (I had a guest once say on air, "I thought this was
supposed to be about ME", when I segued into another topic) but that we might
talk about other things too, and you must be fun. That's all. It's like a chat
at the kitchen table about art and stuff and my guest (you) and also other
stuff. It's loose and informal and about all of us. But it's never a full hour
about any one thing. And you get to bring your own music. Brandon will be
bringing his fave music this week so tune in to www.valleyfreeradio.org,
103.3 FM, Wednesday the 28 from 8-9 AM (that's the morning).
TICKETS FOR ARTEXPO 2007 IN NYC
March 1 -
March 5, 2007
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th Street
York City, New York 10001
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SMITH'S MOVIE PICKS Riding Alone
for Thousands of Miles [Qian li zou dan qi] (2005)
Alone for Thousands of Miles [Qian li zou dan qi] (2005)
Written by Yimou Zhang & Jingzhi Zou
Takakura as Gou-ichi Takata, Shinobu Terajima as Rie Takata, Jiamin Li as Li
Before Yimou Zhang began directing films at 37 he was a renowned
cinematographer working with directors such as Chen Kaige so something common to
all of his films that I’ve seen is the breathtaking imagery and this film is no
exception. Filmed in China’s Yunnan province, not only the most culturally
diverse but the most geographically stunning areas of China, one is confronted
with frame after frame of spectacular beauty. This is as much a piece of work
from the artist Yimou as the filmmaker Yimou. He was told that he could do
anything that he wanted wherever he wanted with whomever he wanted and this is
what he did. A simple story of a father coming to terms with his love for his
son with whom he has become estranged. The only professional actor is Ken
Takakura with the remainder of the cast predominately amateur. You would hardly
know it. For one, Takakura is such a master that he is able to carry the entire
film on his shoulders but all the other actors are so perfectly typecast that
their lack of experience is well concealed. There is one scene where the
residents of Stone Village hold a banquet in honor of Takakura’s character
Takata who is visiting and it borders on the surreal as the table lined with
villagers winds it’s way through the village seemingly without end. Yimou Zhang
is a great artist of cinema and I am always delighted to see one of his films
and look forward to seeing Curse of the Golden Flower where it appears that
China untied it’s purse strings for their favorite son and stars one of Yimou’s
preferred actresses, and mine, Gong Li. I am very curious to see what this
filmmaker who is accustomed to small intimate sets does with such a monumental
AT THE NCA That's the
Northampton Center for the Arts
Works by Anila Zaidi~~~March 6 - 31, 2007
who describes her work as beginning with “a rough connective doodle that endures
revision upon revision, morphing into a conscious, exacting drawing, reminiscent
of the (original) doodle,” is showing her work in the East Gallery in March. She
describes herself as a largely self-taught artist who has moved around a lot
"across the U.S. and overseas." Her college degree is in computer science and
film. For the past decade, she has lived in various towns in Massachusetts,
including Amherst, South Hadley and, now, Ludlow. The artist’s reception, which
coincides with Northampton’s Arts Night Out, is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday,
3, 7:30 p.m.: Two Northampton High School groups made up of the “funniest actors
and the finest singers” present their wares at a Funky-Tones Concert for the
benefit of the Center. The program will feature improv theater by
Funktionlust and a wide variety of pop, jazz, folk and more by the a cappella
Northamptones. These two groups have entertained at First Night and elsewhere
and now are bringing their humor and music to the Center for the very reasonable
suggested donation of $5 at the door.
~~Tuesday, March 6, 3:30 –5:30
p.m.: The first in a series of cartooning workshops with Michael Cady for kids
in grades 4-8. Participants will learn cartoon techniques, tips and tricks
and find out how to create their own cartoons and characters. This six-week
program costs $85, all materials included, and requires a non-refundable
registration fee of $15. Call or drop by the Center (413) 584-7327 to register.
~~Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: The Sacred
Harp Community will hold its Western Massachusetts Singing Convention in the
Center's ballroom. This group promotes community-based singing from the
Sacred Harp, which has been continuously in print since 1844 and is the backbone
of one of this country’s oldest, most vital and soul-stirring musical
traditions. You have to sing it to believe it, as they say. No experience is
necessary. Actually it’s quite an experience just to watch and listen. You can
come and go as you please. (The convention has no institutional, religious or
political affiliation, but fosters the fellowship that sacred Harp singing
~~Saturday, March 17, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.: An evening in
Las Vegas—well, not really— but you can spend the evening at a Casino Night in
the Center (and do a little St. Patrick’s Day celebrating, too). There will
be a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The evening’s proceeds will
support Northampton Youth and Community Rowing. Tickets are $12 per person.
~~Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m.: Ed the Balloon Man combines magic,
comedy and balloon sculpting to bring excitement and laughter to the pre-school
set. This event is one in a monthly series of the Young Peoples’ Performing
Arts series funded by the Xeric Foundation. Children are admitted free; a $5
donation is accepted from parents.
~~ Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m. to
midnight: It’s the annual Sober Dance Party Extravaganza with NYC House DJ Bill
Arnold; Rose Champagne, belly dancer extraordinaire; the all male Hairston House
Dancers Revue; Mount Holyoke circus performers; Lord Russ does drag; and
vocalist Johnny V. There is always a large turn out for this event, which
raises funds for Hairston House for men and Grace House for women and their
children. All main course dishes, hors d’oeuvres and desserts are included in
the ticket price and are donated by area restaurants. Beverages are available
for purchase. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 day-of-show and are available
from residents of either house or can be reserved by email putting "Sober Dance"
in the subject line.
~~Sunday, March 25, 1- 3 p. m.: The Academy of
Music Discussion Revisited : A second installment of the community discussion
that began on February 17 will be held at the Northampton Center for the Arts
from 1 to 3 p.m. Everyone who is interested in thinking about the Academy’s
future as well as the future of the arts, in general, in Northampton is invited
~~March 31, 8 p.m.: The Ha-Ha Sisterhood, Live and
Uncensored ‘07! Comes with this warning: “We’re letting the cows out of the
barn, all bets are off, pigs are flying and you’d better bring an extra pair of
socks ‘cause we’re gonna knock ‘em off!” These improvisational comedians
will make you laugh “until your cheeks hurt,” as they say, but they warn that
the kids should stay home this time; this show is for grown-ups. Tickets are $10
for adults and $8 for students and seniors, and there’ll be plenty at the door
or you can check
their Web site
Northampton Center for the Arts is on the third floor at 17 New South Street in
the Sullivan Building of the Old School Commons. Its office and galleries are
open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For lots more
about ongoing programs, renting the space, etc., visit our Web site or call
email: firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: 413-584-7327 | web: http://www.nohoarts.org
Health Care Workshop Wednesday,
February 28, 3:30 pm—5:30 pm
& Health Care Workshop Scheduled for Worcester
Mark Your Calendars:
Statewide Schedule of Workshops
State Senator Brian Joyce (D-Milton)
and State Representative Eric Turkington (D-Falmouth), Co-Chairs of the Joint
Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, announced today the
schedule for informational workshops on the new Health Care Law and its affect
on artists and non-profit cultural organizations.
In partnership with
the Joint Committee, the new Arts Health Care Coalition will present information
and answer questions about the new law from health care experts with
representatives of the state. The workshop is tailored to answer the questions
and specific needs of artists, self-employed people and non-profit cultural
organizations and their employees.
You can also visit the new Arts
& Health Care Web Site for easy, user-friendly information:
Worcester—Feb. 28, Wednesday, 3:30—5:30 pm, employers and human
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Mass College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences
19 Foster Street Worcester, MA
Berkshires—March 3, Saturday 10:30 am—12:30 pm,
employers and human resource managers
1:30—3:30 pm, general audience
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Rt. 7 & Rt. 102
Lynn/North Shore—March 7, Wednesday 6:30
pm—8:30 pm Lynn Arts
25 Exchange Street Lynn, MA 01901
Boston—March 14, Wednesday
3:00—5:00 pm, employers and human
6:30—8:30 pm, general audience
Boston Center for the Arts
527 Tremont Street Boston, MA
New Bedford—March 28, Wednesday
6:30 pm—8:30 pm
Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill New Bedford, MA 02740-6398
All workshops are free and open to the public.
Health Care Coalition was formed by the Massachusetts Cultural Council;
Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH); the
Artists Foundation and ArtistLink to address health care issues in the cultural
|STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE NOW IN EASTHAMPTON
- The Blue Guitar Gallery
in Easthampton is a shared workspace and gallery. It is 410 sq. ft. on the
inside, and there's also a small space 120 sq. ft., carpeted available. $200
month includes utilities and the right to a private or shared show twice a year.
There's also a nice hall and reception area for hanging work. Since I need to
keep the walls clean for showing, I'm looking for artists who work on easels or
tables, not too messy. It's on the ground floor, at 186 D Northampton Street
(Rte. 10), just over the line from Northampton. It's opposite the post office.
The grand opening will be March 10, during Art Walk Easthampton!
Christie Svane at email@example.com, 413-247-9454, www.theblueguitar.org
is a 12 step recovery group for artists of all kinds and at all
levels. We meet every Monday from 6:30 to 8pm in Room 230 at Wright Hall on the
Smith College campus. No dues or fees. For more information call 413.527.5215 or
visit their website, http://artsanonymous.org/
Northampton Playwright's Lab at Forbes Library
Playwrights' Lab is a group for playwrights of all levels of experience and
everyone is welcome. Participants can sign up to bring their work-in progress
(short plays, one-acts, and full-length) to be read aloud by other lab members
or actors. Members will offer one another constructive feedback, support, and
criticism in the development of new plays. The group does occasional public
The NPL meets regularly on the second and fourth Wednesday
of the month. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 14th at
6:30 in the Watson Room. For further information, please contact Meryl Cohn:
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and Florence Savings Bank.
ARTISTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
NOTE: I cull this information from many sources and it is really time
consuming to add it and format each line of text. So I apologize if at times
there is expired information here. Some weeks I don't have time to get to this
section. I feel like it's more important to use the time I have to post your
event. Thanks for your understanding.~Mo
Local Color story deadline, March 15
Local Color, an annual
collection of stories by people age 65 and older living in Franklin, Hampshire
and Hampden counties of Western MA, is now collecting stories for issue due out
in June 2007. Limit: 1500 words. No poems, only "stories of life as you remember
it." One story per author. Deadline: March 15, 2007. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org or Local Color, PO Box 116, Montague, MA 01351
Writers receive one free copy and retain all rights to their work after one time
publication. See www.localcolormemoirs.com for past issues.
Entry Deadline: March 13, 2007 - Call for Entries – Watermark 2007,
Works on Paper The Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, North Carolina
has announced a national call to artists for Watermark 2007 - Works on Paper,
April 2 - 24, 2007.
Eligibility: Artists must be 18 or older. Framed or
matted work. Must be on paper or made of paper, framed or matted; maximum size
24” x 36” matted or framed.
Juror: Soni Martin. Awards: 1st-$400, 2nd-$200,
3rd-$100. Entry fee $25 for three images. For an entry form, send SASE to Studio
107, P.O. Box 2265, Whiteville, NC 28472. For additional information contact
David McCormick at email@example.com, or 910-642-7141, ext. 237.
Postmark deadline: March 16, 2007 - National Juried Competition -
Works of Art on Paper Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is
accepting entries for its National Juried Competition - Works of Art on Paper,
June 30 - July 26, 2007.
Juror: Starr Figura, Assistant Curator, Department
of Prints and Illustrated Books, The Museum of Modern Art. Cash awards will be
presented. For an entry form, send SASE to Long Beach Island Foundation of the
Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Loveladies, New Jersey 08008 or
Sep 01, 2007 INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
visual artists, writers, and composers for 2-, 4-, 6-, and 8-wk-long
residencies, Jan 1 - Jun 15, 2008. Free housing and studio space and a $100/wk
stipend. For application and complete guidelines please contact: Kimmel Harding
Nelson Center for the Arts, 801 3rd Corso, Nebraska City NE 68410 OR
402-874-9600 OR http://www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org
Deadline - Ongoing *Three Rivers Community College Reviewing Work for
Exhibitions, CT Three Rivers Community College in Norwich Connecticut is
accepting portfolios to review for 1-to-2 month exhibitions. No fee. For
consideration, sent 10-20 slides, resume, statement, and return postage to:
Sandra Jeknavorian, Instructor of Art, Three Rivers Community College, Thames
Valley Campus, 574 New London Turnpike, Norwich CT, 06360 /
Ongoing GALLERY A3 SEEKING NEW MEMBERS- SUBMIT ONLINE FOR ART
Art Walk Easthampton, a monthly, self-guided walking
tour of arts and culture, has added a proposal page to its website where visual,
music and performance artists can outline what they would like to show or
perform if given the opportunity.
All the locations that participate in
Art Walk Easthampton can view the submissions for possible inclusion in an
upcoming event. The talent describes the work, provides images, identifies the
types of venues they would like to be in, the dates they are available and
provides contact information. If there's a match between the submission and the
venue's interest, the venue contacts the talent directly to handle booking
The proposal form is available at www.ArtWalkEasthampton.org
and is open to all local and regional artists.
An offer from Joe
Blumenthal of Downtown Sounds who generously would like to have artists display
their work there. (Downtown Sounds, 21 Pleasant St., Northampton, next to the
Pleasant St. Theater)
The window is quite large, and has three panels,
each one about 6' X 6', and is about 24" deep. It is exposed to intense sunlight
in the morning; the heat of the sun plus the narrowness of the window make it
inappropriate to display most musical instruments.
However, the sunlight
doesn't hurt most artwork since it's only exposed for a month to six weeks. I
normally pay $150 to the artist who installs the window, and work out a
consignment agreement for the store to take a percentage of the price if the art
is for sale and we manage to sell some of it.
The artwork can be
freestanding, lean against a wall at the back of the window that's about three
feet high, or (if it's not heavy) be hung from the ceiling.
It's great when
the art can have a musical theme, but it's not necessary. Because of its highly
visible commercial location, the work should have a mainstream appeal and not
have themes which could be offensive. Small pieces don't work well since the
window is so large.
If one of your readers is interested in displaying
in this context, please have them contact me via email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 413-
York City Department of Cultural Affairs + Image Registry The New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is the largest public funder of arts and
culture in the country. The Percent for Art artist slide registry is an
up-to-date and important component of the Program. The registry is consulted by
the architects, panelists, and City agencies for each project. The Percent for
Art staff prepares a slide presentation from the registry for each panel
meeting. The registry is open to any professional visual artist residing in the
United States. Deadline: On-going Information: www.nyc.gov/html/dcla/html/panyc/
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|Next week: Ceramics classes at the Lichtenstein!
Jim Horsford once again offers wheelworking clases in the Lichtenstein Center
for the Arts basement ceramics studio. All materials are included, along with
small class sizes and lots of personal attention. A great way to create
something beautiful with your hands, and, they say, therapeutic too! Your choice
of Tuesdays or Thursdays, 4pm or 6:30pm for eight week sessions.
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